In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re celebrating the fascinating tales and vital contributions of our Hispanic Googlers—their histories, their households, and what retains them busy inside and out of doors of labor. Today we hear from Gladys Karina Jimenez Opper, an audacious moonshot catalyst and collector of world experiences, whose curiosity rivals Nancy Drew’s.  

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What is the 10-second rationalization of your job?

I’m a Program Manager at X—I plan and execute inner initiatives that assist the launch of moonshot applied sciences that we hope will someday make the world a radically higher place.

What does Hispanic tradition and heritage imply to you?

No matter your ethnicity, nation of origin, or language, all of us have a cultural heritage—a historical past written by those that got here earlier than us and a standing legacy for these but to return. Culture represents our innate need for group; a social framework that connects us to individuals with whom we share one thing in frequent. Heritage is generation-upon-generation of cultural experiences handed on by our dad and mom, forefathers, and their ancestors earlier than them, and traditions are the best way we go that heritage down. Sometimes preserved in music or in dance, meals or artifacts, our cultural heritage and traditions preserve our previous, current and future linked always.

What is your favourite cultural custom?

Dinner is at all times higher once we eat collectively! Family dinners are a practice in my family. Growing up, my great-aunt Emilia (“Mami Mila”) would cook dinner essentially the most heavenly dishes and nobody was allowed to begin dinner till everybody was current on the desk. You often don’t consider meals while you consider mindfulness, however a shared meal is a unprecedented strategy to domesticate connection, permitting us to be current for ourselves and maintain area for one another.

When did you (or generations earlier than you) immigrate to the U.S.?

I used to be born in Ecuador. My dad and mom have been born in Ecuador. My grandparents have been born in Ecuador. And that historical past goes again so far as we’ve been in a position to hint. When I used to be three years outdated my dad and mom determined to maneuver to the United States in pursuit of our American dream—it was certainly essentially the most troublesome determination they ever needed to make.

Tell us a bit about how you bought to the place you’re at this time, and who helped you get there.

Knowing the place I come from is a key a part of figuring out who I’m and what I stand for. It helps me keep rooted and centered irrespective of the circumstance.

As a child, many individuals disparaged my desires of attending faculty. They would inform me,“Those issues don’t occur to individuals like us,” however my dad and mom inspired me to persevere, work laborious and retain hope. I used to be valedictorian of my highschool class and attended Stanford University, the place I graduated with each undergraduate and graduate levels.

A few years later, I made a decision to pursue my dream of working at Google. My dad and mom and husband constantly jogged my memory of the ability and energy of conviction. Even essentially the most audacious desires can come true if you happen to consider in your self and work relentlessly towards your purpose. That’s true at X too. What some deem not possible, we see as a possibility to create impression. Not a nasty match for me in any respect.

What has been an vital second for you at X?

Important moments come up in on a regular basis interactions; I’m constantly humbled by the brilliance, kindness and generosity that surrounds me. And that’s extra significant than one particular second. “Meraki” is a Greek phrase for “doing one thing with soul, creativity, or love,” and that describes my colleagues, companions and buddies at X. Every day is a chance to current a special perspective for our initiatives and merchandise, to exemplify management, camaraderie and compassion.